Top 5 Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Establish Now
We are here to help you get things going by sharing healthy habits you can adopt today to get things on-track.
Explore our top 5 healthy lifestyle habits that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
1. Do not start your day by looking at your phone.
Most of us are guilty of this. Rather than reaching for your phone first thing in the morning, take a few minutes to allow yourself to wake up in a more natural way.
Take a deep breath and stretch. Set an intention for the day — think of how you want your day to feel and what you can do to make that happen.
You may even take it a step further and grab a journal where you can jot down three things that you are thankful for.
Starting your day off on a positive note rather than jumping right into email or social media will help establish the mood for your entire day.
If need be, keep your phone in a separate room so you aren’t tempted to look at it out of habit. After a short period of time, you’ll find that the new habit you’ve established sans the phone makes your mornings feel so much more enjoyable.
We’re going to be honest — this is much harder than you may think. It’s not really that difficult to find 15 minutes in your day to meditate — the hard part comes with trying to focus on your meditation and not the 5,000 other things that are floating around in your head all the time.
However, practice does make perfect, and that is true with meditation as well. The more effort you put into meditation, the better you will become at it and the more benefits you will see.
So what exactly are some of those benefits of meditation?
First of all, meditation can help you focus. In addition, according to The Chopra Center, meditation can help “ground you and train your mind and emotions, which then influences how you react to challenges throughout the day.”
Now how do you go about meditating? Here are some steps, courtesy of The Chopra Center:
- Get into a comfortable seated position and set a timer for five minutes.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
- Inhale through your nose for four counts, retain for four counts, and exhale through your nose for eight counts.
- Every time you notice your mind wandering, gently guide it back to focus on your breath.
- When the timer goes off, release your counting, but stay seated with your eyes closed for a moment.
- Set an intention for your day and visualize yourself meeting this intention.
- Open your eyes, draw your arms up to the sky for a stretch, and then move on with your day, carrying the calm energy and intention with you.
Start small with 5 minutes and work your way up to more time as you see you’re able to stay focused for those first 5 minutes.
3. Exercise Regularly
Regardless of your abilities, incorporating some form of exercise into your day is an absolute must to stay healthy.
For some that may mean running 5 miles. For others that may mean a boxing class. And for even more people, that may mean walking for 20 minutes.
No matter what form of movement, aim to make time for it at least 5 days a week.
Bonus points if you find a way to incorporate regular movement into your days by doing things such as taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator, when possible.
4. Make Sleep a Priority
Far too many people are not getting enough sleep, and even more, people are probably unaware of how massively sleep can affect your entire life.
Sleep is the time during which your body restores its brain function and gets your health back to a good homeostasis for you to use the next day.
The amount of sleep you get determines not only how well you will do physically the next day, but also how mentally clear you will be. If you’re getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night, then you will likely start to see negative effects in many aspects of your life.
In order to get closer to that 6-8 hours of sleep a night, try to stay away from eating right before bed and also stay away from screens starting an hour prior to your bedtime.
5. Drink More Water
It is hard to drink enough water in a day. We are supposed to drink what seems like an impossible amount, but make sure you give your best effort to drink as much water as you can.
Why is water so important?
Water keeps your brain and your blood cells hydrated so that they can function as they’re supposed to. If you find you’re getting a headache from not drinking enough water, then you know you are very dehydrated.
Start your day with a glass of water and continue to sip during the day.
Bringing these 5 healthy habits into your life is not an impossible task. In fact, these things take very little effort. Don’t let the lack of effort fool you, however. These habits will have a huge impact on your physical and mental well-being and we know you will feel the difference.
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